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Ligustrum lucidum/Tree Ligustrum

Ligustrum lucidum / Ligustrum lucidum
Large specimen in full spring bloom
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Large specimen in full spring bloom

Immature berries in mid summer

Mature autumn fruit and foliage

This seldom planted but common volunteer species produces an abudant crop of berries every year

Close-up image of spring flowers and foliage

Close-up image of dull green foliage


Branch of tree ligustrum foliage


Creamy-yellow flowers in spring

In autumn and winter berries hang like clusters of grapes

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Scientific Name: Ligustrum lucidum
Common Name: Tree Ligustrum
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Purple, Black
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Plants that Attract Birds
Plants That Attract Butterflies
Plants with Fragrance
Trees, Fruiting
Comments: It is most attractive when in flower and covered with blue-black fruit in fall and winter. Because it is tolerant of air pollution, strong winds and poor, compact soils it was widely used as a street tree and in urban plantings. Its use has greatly declined, since it has become a very invasive pest. It produces copious amount of seeds and birds eat them spreading this plant over wide distances.